stamping

Oooh awesome. Link to tutorial. Via Jessica.

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OK. I ADORE this, how bloody clever. Link to tutorial. EDIT: Forgot to add: Via the lovely Jessica.

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Link.

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love this series on how to carve your own stamps put together by Geninne [via maya*made]

hand carved stamps

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The Artful Storybook: Mixed-Media Artists Create Handmade Tales by Terry Taylor, published by Lark Books (July 1, 2008).

There are some lovely projects in this book all based on collage and altered books techniques. There are some stunning examples – with the cover project being my favourite ‘the queen of tarts’. Using a chipboard mannequin form and various papers and muslin and decorative stencils. I also really enjoyed the ‘Field journal – birds of prey’ which utilises an old grid-ruled composition book, various ephemera and notepapers and images.

On the downside, the instructions that go with the projects are not particularly clear instead there is a working process which the artists used to create their books – in order to not give too much away? Also there are quite a few quite hideous projects included as well – but like anything – taste is relative! All over though I think there is much to appreciate and inspire in this book.

Bent, Bound And Stitched: Collage, Cards And Jewelry With A Twist by Giuseppina Cirincione, published by North Light Books (May 21, 2008).

A wonderful book, full of techniques and how-to’s for the collage and mixed media fans. The projects all centre around creating interesting cards and jewelry, using a variety of techniques such as stamping, sewing, wire work and stenciling etc and adding various layers of texture using ephemera, found objects, vintage buttons and cards, punching holes and lots more. All the techniques are explained very clearly with good photos of the process steps.

An example of the some of the projects include photo cards – using a reproduction of an old photo and making a mini wire coat hanger. The photo is stitched, glued and enhanced with various papers and trims, then attached to the mini wire hanger which is in turn attached to a back drop of vintage papers. There are bent wire jewelry and photo stands, a miniature photo frame using a copper sheet and a really neat pendant photo frame using an altered domino block.

There are many many great projects in this book – most of which involve wire twisting of some sort – this is the main techique that joins all these projects together – so if you are interested in getting your hands around some pliers and have a stash of vintage ephemera to use up – this is the book for you.

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